Tree Safety

contractor cutting down tree with a sawPractice these safety tips when near power lines:

  • Always look overhead and to all sides surrounding your cutting site. Make sure the tree or branch will not contact a power line when it falls.
  • If a tree does fall into a power line, or you come across a tree that has already fallen, do not – under any circumstance – attempt to remove it. Stay clear of the tree and the line and call Union
    Power Cooperative immediately. The co-op will send a crew to handle it.
  •  Keep yourself and any equipment at least 10 feet away from all lines. If you can’t avoid a power line, don’t do the work. Always assume that any overhead power line is energized and that by
    contacting it you could be seriously injured or killed.
  •  Wear the proper safety equipment including safety glasses and gloves.